WIK’s accompanying research for mFUND kicked off

More than 140 participants intensely discussed open data and mobility solutions

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and WIK held a kick-off workshop for the accompanying research of mFUND on 7 December 2017 in Bonn. More than 140 participants came to exchange their experiences, to network, and to discuss issues of common interest in five working groups. mFUND is a financial assistance programme sponsored by the German Federal Government, and promotes digital innovations for mobility in Germany.



Relevance and perspectives of public WiFi networks in Germany

Effects of legal and technological changes

With just under 2 hotspots per 10,000 inhabitants, Germany lags behind most European countries. This is to be regarded as critical, since WiFi networks have positive welfare economic effects in both producer and consumer welfare. What are the impacts of current legal changes and technological developments on the availability and use of public WiFi networks? The study examines this on the basis of a market analysis, which investigates the current market structure for WiFi hotspots in Germany.



International postal markets: Parcels grow, letters decline

WIK provides data for Ofcom’s international postal market report

Ofcom has recently published its "International Communications Market Report 2017" (ICMR) on recent developments in the communications markets (TV, radio, telecoms and post). Since 2013, WIK-Consult has supported Ofcom’s report on postal developments by collecting, validating, and/or estimating postal data, and identifying key trends. The international postal markets are characterised by continued growth in parcels while letter volume has further decreased in nearly all countries. As a result of letter volume decline, tariffs have increased in many countries while quality of service partly declined, too. In contrast, parcel delivery became less expensive. Growing e-commerce and increasing use of electronic communication and advertising channels instead of paper-based communication continue to be the key postal market trends.



Digital craft businesses underestimate IT risks

In the daily business of crafts and manufacturing, digital solutions have been widely adopted. However, many enterprises underestimate the risks associated with a lack of security for digital tools. Especially in the area of the Internet of Things, craft businesses have to catch up. WIK interviewed 1,508 small and medium-sized enterprises, including 354 manufacturers, about their IT security situation. The study was carried out by WIK as part of the BMWi initiative "IT Security in the economy".



Digitale Produktionsmittel im Einsatz

Neue Ausgabe von „Mittelstand-Digital – Wissenschaft trifft Praxis“ (available in German language only)

Angesichts der nahezu endlosen neuen Möglichkeiten, die Produktion mit digitalen Technologien zu verändern, stellen sich für einen mittelständischen Unternehmer die Fragen: Womit beginne ich sinnvollerweise? Welche Digitalisierungsinvestition bringt mir den höchsten Ertrag und wie könnte das Change Management, also der Digitalisierungsfahrplan für meine Produktionseinrichtungen, aussehen? In dieser Publikation werden ausgewählte, innovative digitale Produktionsmittel und Beispiele für deren erfolgreichen Einsatz in konkreten Praxisunternehmen vorgestellt.



WIK Newsletter No. 109, December 2017

The WIK Newsletter informs about latest research and events carried out by WIK.



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